by Max Barry

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Largest Publishing Industry: 15,155thMost Cheerful Citizens: 16,511thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,603rd
The Empire of
Father Knows Best State
War does not determine who is right, only who is left
Civil Rights
Political Freedom
Unheard Of

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Population700 million



The Empire of Marchland is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its ubiquitous missile silos, compulsory military service, and punitive income tax rates. The hard-nosed, cynical, devout population of 700 million Marchlandians are ruled by a mostly-benevolent dictator, who grants the populace the freedom to live their own lives but watches carefully for anyone to slip up.

The medium-sized, corrupt, well-organized government prioritizes Defense, with Education, Law & Order, and Administration also on the agenda, while International Aid and Welfare aren't funded at all. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of March. The average income tax rate is 57.4%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The powerhouse Marchlandian economy, worth 71.7 trillion Dollars a year, is broadly diversified and led by the Arms Manufacturing industry, with significant contributions from Book Publishing, Information Technology, and Basket Weaving. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is an impressive 102,467 Dollars, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Devotion to God is only skin-deep, throwing garbage out of your house's front window makes it legally someone else's problem, babies living in poverty are told to take responsibility for their own fortunes, and crocodile roadkill is smeared across the asphalt of the new Formula One track. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a capable police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Marchland's national animal is the Eagle.

Marchland is ranked 115,801st in the world and 30th in The League of Conservative Voices for Most Extreme, scoring 21.55 on the Paul-Nader Subjective Decentrality Index.

Largest Publishing Industry: 15,155thTop
Most Cheerful Citizens: 16,511thLargest Manufacturing Sector: 17,603rdMost Advanced Defense Forces: 17,951stMost Valuable International Artwork: 18,510thLargest Basket Weaving Sector: 21,159thMost Advanced Public Transport: 21,667thMost Patriotic: 23,487thMost Cultured: 24,326thHighest Poor Incomes: 24,497thLargest Arms Manufacturing Sector: 24,758thMost Devout: 29,630thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 30,088th

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